(1946 - 51)
Dick Barton Special Agent was
a radio phenomena between 1946 and 1951. Broadcast
on "The Light Programme", Dick and his companions
Jock (Alex McCrindle) and Snowy (John Mann) ruled
the airwaves attracting over 15 million listeners.
The show was given the prime time slot in the early
evening right after the news making Captain Richard
Barton, ex Commando, a national hero in post war Great
Noel Johnson was the first to play the smooth crime
busting Barton, passing on the Baton later in the
Radio series to Duncan Carse and Gordon Davis.
Dick Barton also spawned these 3 movies starring
- Dick Barton Special Agent, 1948
- Dick Barton Strikes Back, 1949
- Dick Barton at Bay, 1950
The movie series ended when Stannard was sadly killed
in a car crash.
In 1979 Barton returned, this time to the small screen,
played by Tony Vogel, in a 26 episode series produced
by Southern Television, where once again Dick and
his friends sped around the country in Barton's Riley
defeating mad scientists with death rays etc.
Dick Barton has also been brought to stage by the
Warehouse Theatre Company touring Great Britain since
1998 with Phil Willmotts version of the Special Agent.
Few episodes survive of the original Radio show,
but in 1972 to celebrate the history, Noel Johnson
returned to recreate those great days when his theme
tune "The Devils Gallop" was a roll call
to all to gather around the family Wireless.